Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
This has nothing to do with their ages, nor their respective prospect ranks nor where they are postionally. Trout had a lousy AFL, yet his ranking didn't suffer. The same thing holds true (or will) for Hamilton.
If you'd like, I can come up with more top prospects who had poor AFL "seasons" that were largely ignored as a small sample size. Just this season, Nick Castellanos had just about as bad an AFL as did Hamilton. He's widely considered the best prospect in the Tiger system and one of the best in baseball. Dexter Fowler had as poor an AFL season as did Hamilton-- his ranking actually went up after his poor 20-game season. Buster Posey is widely considered among the best players in the game today; his AFL season in 2009 was very poor, yet he was a top prospect after that season as well.
If you'd prefer a Red in the discussion, our own Devin Mesoraco had a poor AFL two years ago, but he was still among the top prospects in the game.
In short, you're wrong.
It's cool. We're all wrong sometimes.
And if you remember my original post about this a page ago i said his poor showing in the AFL "may" have hurt his stock a little. And yes age does matter IF WE ARE COMPARING TWO PLAYERS, which i did not start anyway. YOU started the comparisons with trout!
I didn't say everyone's stock plummits if they have a bad AFL. I said it may be a contributing factor as to why some pundits have Hamilton as low as 30th. My few comment about the AFL having some influence has spiraled into an argument about his arm strength and Mike Trout. And NEWS FLASH Hamilton is not as highly touted as Posey, Trout, or Fowler were. There are alot more differing opinions on Hamilton currently than there were with those guys 3 and 4 years ago. Which could be a contributing factor to his volatility in rankings.
I'm not wrong, YOU sir pick and choose what you wanted to read from my posts because you are a Kool-Aid drinking reds fan who is going bannanas about Hamilton (as you probably should) and cannot possibly stomach the notion that some other people may not think Hamilton is the second coming of Ty Cobb.
Furthermore!, it is possible for two people to draw separate conclusions from the same set of data, which is something that a loud minority of people on this board do not understand.